Embracing Beige and Burnt Orange {Spare Room Makeover}

If you follow me over on Instagram, you would have seen that we have already started the spare room makeover, panicking about paint colours, converting day beads to divans and building a wardrobe from scratch. But I haven’t fully shown you all quite what the room is going to look like at the end. So I thought I would pop this blog together, to give you all a bit of an overview of my inspiration and the moodboard’s I have created.


Around two years ago, we had a VERY mini makeover of this room (if you can call this a makeover). Being inspired by Geometric shapes and copper colours, we added a feature wallpaper wall, Hexagon shelves and copper lights. With industrial style furniture. I think this style worked better in my head than anywhere else!

Since then we’ve ripped up the carpet and white washed the floor boards, swapped this wardrobe with our main bedroom and painted one of the walls pinks. Realising that I was inspired more by what I saw online, rather that what I actually was drawn towards.

Colour Inspiration

Looking at 2019 trends, Grey is being pushed to the side. After having a good 8 year run since the popular trilogy ’50 Shades of Grey’ brought this colour into the spotlight, they’re are being over taken by the less popular title ’50 Shades of Beige.” But why the sudden change?

We are seeing a rise of oranges and yellows coming through, with shades of yellow becoming Generation X’s answer to Millennial Pink. The more Beige colours work well with these colours, which may be a reason we are seeing a surge. In addition, Dulux announced their colour of the year “Spiced Honey”, which is fundamentally a warm beige tone.

Image from: Duxlux.co.uk

With my design, I’ve definitely been inspired by the burnt orange colours and heading towards Beige. However, rather than following the trend, I am going to take my own spin on it.


This room will have a dual purpose. A bedroom for when people come to stay but also a dressing room for my husband. Meaning the room needs to be functional with good storage, but also still have a pull out double bed. We have designed a Plywood wardrobe and drawers to house all of Dave’s clothes, which is much cheaper than buying one. By designing it, we have a wardrobe to suit our needs and using Plywood will keep the room feeling brighter. The picture bellows show what we are hoping to achieve.

spare room cuboard rendered
Light – gifted from Dunelm

Other Inspiration

2019 has seen a big rise in dried flowers making it into interior spaces, with Pampas Grass being begged a, borrowed and stolen from everyone’s front gardens. I will be adding dried flowers into the space, but its more of the colours I have been loving. These are the key images I have drawn inspiration form.

Creating a headboard

The bed will still be a single most of the time, which pulls out to a double when needed. But finding a fitting single bed headboard hasn’t been easy. So I will be creating my own headboard by hanging a rug above the bed. This gives the room a sort of Moroccan style about it.


For this makeover, I will be working with Oka as a paid partnership. So some of the products have been gifted. However the products go so well with my concept and have helped bring the board to life. Gifted products will be detailed in the reveal blog.

Spare Room Concept board NEW

Bedroom elevation

I want the space to feel like a mini sanctuary, a feeling I always try and bring into a bedroom space. A full reveal blog will feature towards the end of March.

What do you think of the design? Are you a fan of beige making a comeback? Or will you forever love grey? Comment below with your thoughts.

Author: Emma White

Welcome to Apogee Interiors, a blog all about Interior Styling and Lifestyle written by Emma White. I'm beyond passionate about all things home. Interiors is what I love and this shines through my site. My taste ranges from scandi to raw industrial, so don't fear to challenge me. I want to show people how to enjoy designing and decorating your home. With hints and tips along the way. So far, I have learnt everything through trial and error, fellow bloggers and the odd book. My motto is be brave and embrace your creativity. If you love what you've done, it will look good to everyone through your passion. I hope you enjoy reading. Please get in touch about anything in the world of interiors!

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